Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Jaitley denies Mallya met him before leaving India

Arun Jaitley was the Finance Minister in 2016 when Mallya left India Arun Jaitley was the Finance Minister in 2016 when Mallya left India
Charlie Simmons | 13 September, 2018, 14:33

FM meets Vijay Mallya before he flees India.

In response to Mallya's statement, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the businessman's claim are "factually false" as it does not reflect the truth.

The 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airline boss, who arrived to appear before the Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, told reporters that he had met the minister and offered to settle the issue with the banks. Afterwards, Mallya clarified he didn't have any formal meeting with Jaitley but had happened to meet Mr. Jaitley in Parliament, telling him about his departure to London. "He (Mallya) was given a free passage out of the country by the Finance Minister", said Rahul.

Jaitley, however, said he never gave Mallya an appointment after becoming a minister in 2014, but the liquor baron misused his position as an MP to accost him once in Parliament.

Jaitley, however, took to Facebook to dismiss Mallya's claims as being "factually false".

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Mallya, while heading inside the court in connection with his extradition case, said that he is ready for a comprehensive settlement. This provided the opposition some fodder to target Jaitley and the Congress said that the revelations were an embarrassment to the government. "There was no need to run and the allegations are media created allegations", he said. Congress demanded explanation from government on how Mallya was allowed to leave the country.

The judge, however, made it clear to the CPS that she did not require any further information in reference to the prison conditions awaiting Mallya in India.

Vijay Mallya arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Britain, September 12, 2018. At one point, she told the court that Rakesh Asthana, CBI special director, went to heads of banks with reprisals to file cases against Mallya.

Jaitley probably owes another clarification on why he gave a major miss to Mallya's clue on the great escape to United Kingdom, the dream safe haven for a number of fraudsters.

Attacking Rahul Gandhi at a press meet, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national spokesperson Sambit Patra, showing a purported confessional statement of a hawala trader, who alleged that the Congress chief had links with a shell company. Had the government moved the court pushing for Mallya's detention, or directed the investigators including CBI to detain him citing the seriousness of the case, or at least if the CBI hadn't changed the nature of look out notice a few months before the escape, Mallya would not have left the country.

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